Most residents are aware that Crescent Beach has been closed for nearly a decade due to contamination from a creek that runs onto the beach and into Long Island Sound. Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton has been working with County officials, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the City of Glen Cove to determine the source of the contamination and remediate the problem.

IMG 8132The DEC’s initial testing several years ago identified a leaky septic system. The homeowner was fined and ordered to remedy the situation. A more recent study by Nassau County has triggered additional enforcement efforts.

Delia recently met with the City of Glen Cove’s new Mayor Tim Tenke, representatives from the County’s Department of Public Works and Board of Health. A supervisor with the DEC participated via conference call. The DEC representative reported that eight owners of properties abutting the creek have been contacted. Several appointments to inspect septic systems have been scheduled. Dye testing and use of monitoring cameras are being considered.

Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton has secured $12 million in funding to remediate this issue: $2 million for a study and $10 million for sewering the area to replace the septic systems that are the cause of the contamination problem. This is a serious environmental and possible public health concern that must be addressed.

It was only Mayor Tenke’s second day in office when this meeting was held, which demonstrates that this issue is as important an issue to his office as it is for Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton. They are both determined to maintain a dialogue with the DEC and keep residents advised as the DEC determines the sources of these pipes. Once the problematic pipes are addressed, it is our hope that the beach will be opened this summer.

(Image: Meeting at Glen Cove City Hall)
Caption: Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton meets with Mayor Tim Tenke, Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos, Sea Cliff Village Manager, Bruce Kennedy and representatives from Nassau County DPW and Nassau County BOH at Glen Cove City Hall to discuss Crescent Beach cleanup.